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Jessie Naomi Womack - 7/2/2016

Jessie Naomi Womack

Jessie Naomi Womack, age 84, of Enfield, Illinois passed away Tuesday, June 28, 2016 at her home in Enfield, Illinois. Jessie worked as a secretary for Collins Brothers Oil Co. and was of the Baptist faith.  She loved butterflies and writing poetry and was an avid self-taught crochet artist, having once crocheted a replica of the Last Supper which now hangs in her church.

Funeral Service will be held at 2:00 P.M. Saturday, July 2, 2016 at Hughey Funeral Home in Mount Vernon, Illinois with Reverend Greg Leggett presiding.  Visitation will be from 5:00 to 8:00 P.M. Friday, July 1, 2016 at Hughey Funeral Home in Mount Vernon, Illinois.  Interment at West Salem Cemetery in Mount Vernon.  For those who wish, memorials may be given to the American Cancer Society and will be accepted at the funeral home or mailed to Hughey Funeral Home, P.O. Box 721, Mount Vernon, Illinois 62864.  Arrangements have been entrusted to the care of Hughey Funeral Home where you may call (618) 242-3348 or visit www.hugheyfh.com for further information and to send condolences.

Jessie Womack is survived by 3 daughters - Martha Bodine and husband Jim of Mount Vernon, Illinois, Mary Poston and husband Dennis of Mount Vernon, Illinois, Marlene Foster and husband James of Norris City, Illinois;  Brother:  James Mick of Godfrey, Illinois;  13 grandchildren, 26 great grandchildren, and 5 great great grandchildren.  

Jessie Womack was born Thursday, November 12, 1931 daughter of Frank and Jessie Mick.  She married Carl N. Womack on October 2, 1949 in Mount Vernon, Illinois.  He preceded her in death on July 7, 2007.  Her parents, her husband, one son: Mark Womack, two grandchildren: Jody and Amy, three brothers, and one half-sister preceded her in death.

Dean Blankenship - 6/30/2016

Dean Blankenship

Dean Blankenship, age 89 of Iuka passed away at 5:32 a.m. Sunday, June 26, 2016 at Mt. Vernon Countryside Manor.   Mr. Blankenship served his country during WW II in the U. S. Army and later in the National Guard.  He was a Civil Engineer and worked for Unnerstall Construction in Eureka, Missouri until his retirement. After retirement and returning to the Iuka area, he farmed and was a member of the Pleasant Grove Missionary Baptist Church.  He belonged to the NRA, the American Legion and Ducks Unlimited. He loved to read and was devoted to his wife Phyllis of 65 years and to all of his family.

Funeral services for Dean Blankenship will be held will be held 4 p.m.  Thursday, June 30, 2016 at the Pleasant Grove Missionary Baptist Church in Iuka with Steve Hamson officiating.  Burial will follow at the Pleasant Grove Missionary Baptist Church Cemetery in Iuka. Visitation will be held on Thursday from 2p.m until service time at the Church.  For those who wish, memorials may be made to the American Cancer Society and will be received at the L. R. Osborn & Son Funeral of Kell. 

Dean married Phyllis Elaine (Parks) of June 7, 1951 and she survives.  He  is also survived by two sons: James Blankenship and wife Shelly Lea of Daingerfield(correct) Texas and Dean McClain Blankenship of Cary, North Carolina.  He is also survived by a son-in-law, Stephen Chilton and by two grandchildren: Samantha Hanzel and husband Will and Valarie Chilton and by great granddaughter Hailey Hanzel.

Dean Blankenship was born November 29, 1926 in Kell, Illinois the son of Jesse and Ida Pearl (Stonecipher) Blankenship.  Dean was preceded in death by his parents and by daughter, Patricia Dean Chilton and sister, Ruth Prelec.

Donald Christopher 'Chris' Hopkins - 6/30/2016

Donald Christopher 'Chris' Hopkins

Donald Christopher “Chris” Hopkins, age 44, of Mt. Vernon, passed away Sunday, June 26, 2016.  Chris enjoyed riding his bike, playing pool and darts. He also enjoyed going on numerous poker runs. His greatest enjoyment was spending time with family and friends.

Visitation for Chris Hopkins will be held Friday, July 1, 2016 from 3:00 PM to 5:30 PM at the Sutherland-Garnier Funeral Home in Centralia. Per the family's wishes, they are asking for all motorcycles to meet at the funeral home at 6:00 PM to have the Last Ride Motorcycle Hearse give Chris his last ride. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to the family and will be accepted at the Sutherland-Garnier Funeral Home, which is assisting the family with arrangements. Online condolences may be made to the family by visiting www.sutherlandfuneralhome.com.

Chris Hopkins is survived by two children: Chris Hopkins of Centralia and Paige Hopkins and significant other JD Gray of Centralia; four grandchildren: KyLynn Hopkins, Waylon Hopkins, Jacelynn Hopkins, and Aiyanna Verly; a sister, Denise Hine and husband Jerry of Centralia; nieces and nephews: Michael Pflugmancher and wife Dani of Pleasant Plains, Illinois, Dustin Hine of Mt. Vernon, Chelsea Johnson and husband Cody of Hughey, Daniel Finley and Jerry Hine both of Centralia, and several more nieces and nephews; a great nephew, Kayden Hatcher of Centralia; father-in-law, David Hatcher of Central City, Illinois; a brother-in-law, Steve Jose of Centralia; two sisters-in-law: Ashlie Hatcher and Jamie Hatcher both of Centralia.

Chris Hopkins was born June 30, 1971 in Bradenton, Florida, son of Charles Edward Hopkins and Bobbie Jean (Taylor) Coplin. He married Lorrie Lynn White-Randant on May 25, 1991 and they later divorced.   He was preceded in death by his parents, brother: Charlie Hopkins, and mother-in-law, Loretta Hatcher.

Lucy A. Brough - 6/30/2016

Lucy A. Brough

Lucy A. Brough, age 93, of Salem, died Sunday, June 26th, 2016 at Twin Willows Nursing Center in Salem.  She was a bookkeeper at Salem National Bank and Community State Bank and later sold Real Estate.  She was a member of the Salem First Christian Church and Salem Township Hospital Auxiliary.  

Funeral services for Lucy Ann Brough will be held at seven Thursday night at Rogers-Atkins Funeral Home in Salem.  Burial in the East Lawn Cemetery in Salem.  Visitation will be from five until the time of the service Thursday night at the funeral home.  Memorials may be made to the Salem Township Hospital Auxiliary or for her great granddaughter's education.  

Lucy Ann Brough is survived by son:  Denny Rogers and wife Janet of Stillwater, Oklahoma; daughter:  Andrea Rogers Lusch and husband David of Salem; step son:  Steve Brough and wife Patty of Centralia; three grandsons:  David Rogers and wife Gretchen of Norman, Oklahoma; Joshua Lusch and wife Tosha of Salem; Jaron Lusch of Fort Hood, Texas; two step granddaughters:  Kelsie and Brittany Brough of Centralia; three great granddaughters: Payton Nicole Lusch of Salem; Ryan Ann Rogers of Norman, Oklahoma; Kori Rutherford of Norman, Oklahoma; three nieces:  Sue Curry of Salem; Peggy Hester and husband Richard of Walnut Hill; Barbara Fox and husband Deane of Salem; two nephews:  Shannon Kell and wife Jackie of Salem and Larry Rogers of Salem, and by many great nieces and nephews.  

Lucy Ann Brough was born on July 20th, 1922 in Salem to Walter Charlton and Libby (Wilkins) Charlton.   Both preceded her in death.  Lucy Ann Brough married Dennis Rogers and he preceded her in death.  She then married Donald Brough who also preceded her in death.  

Joanne L. Jackson - 6/30/2016

Joanne L. Jackson

Jo-Anne Lawson Jackson, age 72, of Salem, IL died June 26, 2016 at SSM Good Samaritan Hospital in Mt. Vernon.  Following graduation from DuPont Manuel High School in Louisville, KY, she attended the University of Louisville.  She was a former employee of  Cohart's in Louisville.  After moving to Salem, she was employed at Salem Gravure-Division of World Color Press formerly located in Salem.  She loved spending time with her family, and, was an excellent seamstress, a hobby she enjoyed.  She is remembered by family as kind and a true friend to all.

A memorial funeral Mass will be held at 11:00 A.M. Thursday at St. Theresa of Avila Catholic Church in Salem, officiated by Fr. Larry Lemay.  Burial will follow in East Lawn Cemetery.  There will be no public visitation. Friends are asked to arrive at the church in time for the memorial service.   Memorials may be made to the St. Theresa of Avila Catholic Church and will be accepted by the Rankin Funeral Home who is in charge of arrangements.

Jo-Anne Lawson Jackson is survived by her husband: Donald Bruce Jackson; her children: Bruce Alan Jackson of Texas; Joseph Donald Jackson and wife Kelli, and daughter Karen Lea Watson and husband Rick all of Salem. Also 5 grandchildren, Ryan and Blair Watson and Jolie and Catherine Jackson and Cole Rightnowar.  In addition to her children and grandchildren, she is survived by her brother, William McIver Lawson of Holly Springs, NC

Born in Montreal, Canada, she was the daughter of Margaret Jean (McIver) Lawson who preceded her in death.   She married the love of her life, Donald Bruce Jackson in 1965 in Louisville.  He survives in Salem.

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